Short Films on Creativity

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • Cynthia Madansky
  • Yoav Potash
  • Asali Echols
  • Eli Zuzovsky
  • Adrienne Gruben
  • Rima Yamazaki
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Director

Cynthia Madansky

Director

Yoav Potash

Director

Asali Echols

Director

Eli Zuzovsky

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Adrienne Gruben

Director

Rima Yamazaki

Program Features

18m
AA

Cynthia Madansky USA, 2020, Russian and English

The late Anna Alchuk was a Russian poet, feminist, and photographer whose work has been described as “a free-spirited romp across complex and significant ideas about personhood, identity, representation, linguistic performance, and political action.” Filmmaker Cynthia Madansky (NYJFF, Treyf) envisions Alchuk’s “dream diaries” in this imaginative tribute from one multidisciplinary artist to another.

4m
Beregovsky #136

Yoav Potash USA, 2021, English

N.Y. Premiere Named for Moshe Beregovsky, a folklorist and ethnomusicologist who spent the 1920s-40s collecting secular Jewish music throughout Soviet Ukraine and preserving it for future generations, Yoav Potash’s beguiling short accompanies archival footage of prewar Jewish life (contemporaneous to Beregovsky’s efforts) with a recent live, outdoor performance by Saul Goodman’s Klezmer band, shot in Berkeley, California.

3m
The Violin Upstairs

Asali Echols USA, 2019, English

N.Y. Premiere Filmmaker Asali Echols utilizes animation to recount the provenance of her beloved violin, from its origins in 18th-century Austria to its present existence in San Francisco; interim owners cherished the instrument, often with little else in the world to cherish. The inspired choice of stop-motion showcases the violin’s texture, with age marks and scratches manifesting its

25m
Mazel Tov

Eli Zuzovsky Israel/USA, 2021, Hebrew, French, and Arabic with English subtitles

N.Y. Premiere Bar mitzvahs signify the arrival of adulthood, but 13-year-old Adam Weizmann must grow up extra quickly, as his coming-of-age ritual coincides with a war, family turmoil, and Adam’s apprehension of his sexuality. Director Eli Zuzovsky’s vivid semiautobiographical film was shortlisted for an Israeli Academy Award.

26m
Lily

Adrienne Gruben USA, 2019, English

Lily Renée was perhaps the first female comic-book artist, gifting the world with strong female personages, but (to borrow a term from her industry) Lily’s own origin story is even more compelling. Adrienne Gruben lovingly traces her escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna and life in New York City, where she still resides at the venerable age of 100.

25m
Untitled (Tania)

Rima Yamazaki USA, 2020, English

World Premiere A familiar Greenwich Village site is the 13-story geometric “wall painting,” but few know the identity or biography of its artist. The mononymic Tania (born Tatiana Lewin in 1920 Poland) fled to North America during WWII and left behind a formidable oeuvre. Untitled movingly portrays filmmaker Rima Yamazaki’s encounter with Tania’s work at the behest of her widower.

Bonus Content

1m
New York Jewish Film Festival 2022 Official Trailer
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